Ideas: Deficiency, reappearance, suboptimality
Traits: Anticipative, aspiring, busy, frugal, prudent, purposeful, self-conscious
Emotions: Hope, insecurity, nervousness, uneasiness
Ideas: Comfort, hobby, safety net
Traits: Disciplined, gentle, independent, leisurely, relaxed, self-reliant, self-sufficient, slow
Emotions: Contentment, enjoyment, pleasure, relief, satisfaction
Ideas: Exclusivity, self-admiration, strong preference
Traits: Asocial, demanding, difficult, idealistic, indulgent, perfectionist, secretive
Emotions: Desire, isolation, loneliness, pride
Be patient with yourself. Seek advice from those who easily do what you must strive to do. Give yourself time to learn a new process. If you’re hoping to engineer a change in your own behavior, recognize the value of little steps towards your goal.
We learn about love from our parents, but their examples may or may not be suitable for relationships we forge for ourselves. Everyone has something to learn about love. Model the level of love and patience you want your partner to provide.
Many problems arise when people are assigned to tasks to which they are not suited by training or nature. Where’s the disconnect? Identify what you don’t know, and ask for appropriate training. When using unskilled workers to do an elaborate task, scale expectations accordingly.
Wanting what you have can transform your world. All too often, we get caught up in the ruthless cycle of pursuing “bigger and better,” when, in fact, we could very easily make do. Today, consider how you can delight in what you’ve already been given.
The Hooded Falcon
Decks in the Rider–Waite–Smith family often illustrate this card with an image of a fine lady training a falcon. Training an animal requires patience and empathy. How might these qualities play a role in your situation today?
The Bumper Crop
While the lady of the manor focuses on the task at hand, a rich harvest of pentacles grows. Her bounty looks effortless, but a crop this rich doesn’t happen by accident. How have past efforts (or a lack of effort) shaped the situation you find yourself in now? To what extent is someone reaping what he or she has sown?
The woman on many versions of this card appears to have plenty of resources at her disposal. For you, how much is too little? How much is too much? What would be “just right?”
The Marseilles Image
The ninth Coin squeezes into position, disrupting the careful balance of the Eight. It bulges outward, forcing all other coins to the extreme ends of the card. In what way might your “desire of the moment” caught similar crowding in your own life?